Philippine National Police Turn an International Tragedy into a Quaint Photo-op

Philippine National Police cheerfully pose for a picture in front of the scene where they failed to save the lives of eight tourists from a gun wielding ex-police officer.

I doubt that I have to say much more than that this picture should illustrate the attitude that the Philippine National Police hold towards not only their careers in law enforcement, but also towards the loss of human life.  Absolutely  sickening.


8/28/10 National Alliance for Filipino Concerns NOR-CAL Regional Summit

The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and its member organizations in Northern California—San Francisco State University’s League of Filipino Students (LFS), Filipino Community Support (FOCUS) of Silicon Valley, Filipino Community Center (FCC), Liwanag Kultural Center (LKC), and San Francisco Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (SF CHRP)—are pleased to invite you to the NAFCON-Northern California Regional Summit. NAFCON is an alliance committed to advancing the rights and welfare of Filipinos, celebrating our culture and history, and building unity amongst those living and working in the United States.

Our conference will be held on August 28, 2010 at the Local 2 Hiring Hall at 209 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA from 9:30 AM-6:00 PM. The day-long Summit will bring together various Filipino organizations, ally organizations, and individuals concerned about pressing issues affecting Filipinos and other immigrant/marginalized groups.

The objectives of the conference are as follows:

a. To engage in dialogue with the Filipino community in Northern California regarding current issues in the Philippines and in the United States that affect the daily lives of our community members;

b. To strengthen bonds amongst NAFCON-Northern California’s member organizations;

c. To provide a space for networking and building alliances with other Filipino organizations for future cooperation; and

d. To socialize and celebrate Filipino heritage and culture.

The regional summit will also feature a book launch and signing for Peter Chua’s Ating Kalagayan. Translating to “Our Situation,” Chua’s book is thus far the most comprehensive demographic analysis of the social and economic conditions of Filipinos in the United States. His work will allow Filipino organizations and individuals throughout the country to streamline research on the Filipino American community.

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8/30/10 SF-CHRP Hosts Candlelit Procession and Vigil for International Day of the Disappeared

The San Francisco Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, is a BAYAN-USA member organization. By attending this event you can show your support for the families of victims of politically motivated abduction in the Philippines!

Monday, August 30th, 2010

International Day of the Disappeared

Candlelight Procession & Vigil
Gather 6:00 PM @ intersection of Powell & Market Streets
Wear black in memory of victims of enforced disappearances.
We will be marching to to the Philippine Consulate.

Feature Film Dukot to Tour Across the United States!

BAYAN-USA presents the


September 2010 – October 2010.

DUKOT will tour across the U.S. with Producers, Actor(s) and Melissa Roxas in San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C. and Virginia.

Hong Thai Bus Tragedy: Another Manifestation of the Economic Desperation in the Philippines?

Relatives of the eight Hong Kong tourists who were killed in the Philippines hostage crisis, kneel in respect near the tourist bus during a Buddhist ceremony Tuesday in Manila, Philippines. (Bullit Marquez/AP)

In the wake of the horrific tragedy in the Philippines of the Hostage situation upon the Hong Thai Travel Bus, here is a rather penetrating reflection of the incident as written by Valerie Francisco. Francisco is a founding member of the Filipina women’s organization, FiRe (Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment) which is a member organization of GABRIELA-USA and BAYAN-USA based in New York City.

Francisco writes:

No justifications for Mendoza here. I mourn with the families in Hong Kong who lost their loved ones on that bus. And also for Mendoza’s family.

Moreover, I mourn for the many men’s desperation in the Philippines that may or may not hold another hostage. And those who are held hostage by the conditions of unlivable life.

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SF Bay Area Screening of DUKOT

On October 8th through the 10th

Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You:

The Bay Area Premiere of




Allen Dizon * Iza Calzado * Snooky Serna * Gina Alajar

From the director of Mano Po and Pacquiao the Movie comes a landmark film for independent Philippine cinema. Dukot dares to tell the story of families who have lost their loved ones to alleged military abductions under the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo regime.

“Most other films that attempted to tackle ‘serious political issues’ were dubbed as poor renditions or pale in substance. Dukot however, is different.” – Boy Villasanta, ABS-CBN

“… a fearless movie”- Crispina Martinez-Belen, Manila Bulletin “… a timely and courageous political thriller as a protest against forced disappearances and human rights violations in the Philippines.”- Fidel Antonio Medel, Philippine Entertainment Portal

“FANTASTIC, Sad, Timely, Gripping Great story-telling Tour de force performances” – Karl Ramirez, TatayK

9/9/10 Peter Chua Presents His Book Ating Kalagayan

September 9 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Daly City United Methodist Church
1474 Southgate Ave.

Join Us for a special engagement with:

Peter Chua (author of Ating Kalagayan)

Ating Kalagayan presents the often invisible social conditions of Filipinos in the United States and their need to build an equitable future in a multiracial country and rapidly changing world. This book brings together the most comprehensive demographic data available on U.S. Filipinos, unique information on economic classes and social groups, and an…alysis ranging from ordinary folks to academic researchers, to members of grassroots organizations. Peter will be presenting on data specifically related to the densely Filipino populated area of Daly City/Northern San Mateo County.

Ating Kalagayan is published in conjunction with the National Bulosan Center and the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) an alliance of U.S. organizations and individuals working to protect and advance the rights and welfare of Filipinos, promote Filipino heritage, and pursue the call for international justice.

Peter Chua is an associate professor of sociology at San Jose State University.

This event is co-sponsored by the Kalayaan School for Equity, Liwanag Kultural Center and the Daly City United Methodist Church.